Alumni Expertise on COVID-19

UMKC grads use experience to combat the coronavirus

UMKC Roos are lending their expertise across the country to help ease the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are just a few of the graduates making a difference.

Gina Mullen (M.D. ’11), emergency room doctor, physician and medical director at VA North Texas Healthcare System and Baylor Medical Center at Uptown appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 with her husband, Jim Mullen. Gina Mullen was treating coronavirus patients in Dallas, Texas, when Jim — a lawyer with a background in nursing — decided to go help COVID-19 patients in New York.Screengrab of Gina Mullen on Anderson Cooper 360


Mary Anne Jackson (M.D. ’78), dean of the UMKC School of Medicine and infectious disease expert, is one of six physicians statewide advising Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. Her expertise has been cited in numerous programs and publications including Doctor Radio on SIriusXM, KCUR and The Kansas City Star. She also helped gather personal protective equipment across the UMKC Health Sciences District to be donated to area hospitals.


Janelle Sabo (Pharm.D. ’00), serves as global head of clinical innovation, systems and clinical supply chain at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has been leading Eli Lilly’s corporate clinical trial management for the treatment of COVID-19, a partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sabo is also running Lilly’s data management and results from reporting of COVID-19 testing center that started a few weeks ago.


Alexander Garza (B.S. ’90), oversees hospitals in four states as chief medical officer of SSM Health in St. Louis. He is also incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force and appeared on MSNBC in March to discuss the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the Midwest.Screengrab of Alexander Garza on MSNBC